Fallin signs bill lifting ban on horse slaughter

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Updated: 3/29/2013 4:23 pm Published: 3/29/2013 4:21 pm

Governor Mary Fallin signed House Bill 1999, a bill ending the prohibition on horse meat processing for export in Oklahoma on Friday.

Forty-six states, not including Oklahoma, currently allow horsemeat processing.

Governor Fallin released the following statement:

“In Oklahoma – as in other states – abuse is tragically common among horses that are reaching the end of their natural lives. Many horses are abandoned or left to starve to death. Others are shipped out of the country, many to Mexico, where they are processed in potentially inhumane conditions that are not regulated by the U.S. government.

“Unfortunately, the 2006 federal ban on horse processing plants has made this situation worse. After the implementation of that ban, the Government Accountability Office reported a 60 percent increase in abused, neglected and starved horses. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has also noted that over 166,000 horses were sent to Canada and Mexico for processing just in 2012. These animals traveled long distances, in potentially inhumane circumstances, only to meet their end in foreign processing plants that do not face the same level of regulation or scrutiny that American plants would.

“Those of us who care about the wellbeing of horses – and we all should – cannot be satisfied with a status quo that encourages abuse and neglect, or that rewards the potentially inhumane slaughter of animals in foreign countries.

“For that reason, I have today signed HB 1999, which would allow the humane, regulated processing of horses. This bill strictly prohibits selling horse meat for human consumption in Oklahoma.

“My thanks go out to the many horse owners, farmers and ranchers, animal lovers and concerned citizens who have contacted me regarding this issue. I appreciate the willingness of so many individuals and groups to get involved and engage their elected officials. My office diligently worked to ensure input from all sides of the issue was carefully considered during the consideration of this bill. I appreciate and support the efforts of those who have expressed a desire to donate land, money and resources to provide for abandoned horses. I believe the direction pursued by the Oklahoma Legislature, in a bill supported by both Democrats and Republicans and passed by large margins, is both practical and humane.”

“There are currently no processing facilities in the state. Should there ever be a processing facility planned, my administration will work with the Department of Agriculture to ensure it is run appropriately, follows all state and local laws, and is not a burden or hazard to the community. It’s important to note cities, counties and municipalities still have the ability to express their opposition to processing facilities by blocking their construction and operation at the local level.”

HB 1999 goes into effect on November 1, 2013. It was sponsored by Representative Skye McNeil in the Oklahoma House of Representatives and Senator Eddie Fields in the Senate. The bill passed 82-14 in the House and 32-14 in the Senate.

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bowlerdave - 4/1/2013 8:40 AM
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I guess I don’t understand why horses are different. Most people have no problem eating cows, pigs, deer, chickens, buffalo, frogs, fish, squid, lobster (which can be cooked alive), crawdads, snake, alligator and so forth. People have no problem packing hundreds of pounds on a horses back, making them race around a circle, using them to pull heavy equipment, race around barrels, chase cows (that will be thrown on the ground and tied). But mention eating a horse and people get very upset. Are there “eating” animals and “labor” animals and you just can’t mix them, or what? I just get what the problem is.

thunder946 - 3/31/2013 7:39 AM
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why would you even bgin to think amercans are going to believe tat sick horses and old horses are the ones going to slaughter????? watch some of te videos of the hrses being rounded up, they ae healthy until they are jammed into trailers for the long, feedless,waterless no room to move ride only to be killed by heartless men befre being hung pside down, apparently some eve before the are dead!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Unwashed Mass - 3/30/2013 10:48 AM
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This was never about compassion, but greed. Hope they end up in one of their for-profit prisons for accepting bribes.

Different - 3/30/2013 8:11 AM
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This is so sad, cruel, evil, selfish. How could you call yourself a human being? You are a horrible person. I cannot believe that at your old age, you have not learned what love, compassion, and respect for others are, and that they are the most valuable things in life. They are more valuable than any money that you could make out of this discusting business from the blood of innocent animals. I feel sorry for you because not respecting animals just shows your ugly n miserable heart that millions would not be able to make happy. I will also not spend a penny in this state and will make sure that all my friends won't either. Trust me. After they find out of this bill, they will not either and they will pass the news to their friends too, and so on.

Bibles Bridles - 3/30/2013 2:22 AM
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Oh and kinda funny the day BLOODY MARY signed thi Bill : Oklahoma has SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNINGS and on GOOD FRIDAY at that HMMMM Karma ? or rath of God ??????

Bibles Bridles - 3/30/2013 2:18 AM
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okiborn you hav just shown the world ,you have just shown the world you have no clue what your talking about! there not slaughtering old starved horses!they are sending registered apha aqha babys preg mares i know this for a FACT i just adopted 2 beautiful dead broke mares from kill pen shipping to Canada Dont be stupid Folks check for yourselfs you knowall those well bred horses you cant afford to buy from large ranches well YOU WILL find there horses there NOT STARVED SICK INJURED OR DANGEROUS HORSES YOU WILL FIND the loving next door horse that some one lied to owner posed as forever loving home AND TO BLOODY MARY MYSELF NOR ANY OF MYFRIENDS WILL EVER SPEND 1 DIME IN YOUR STATE AGIAN NOMORE RODEOS HORSE EVENTS ANDWHEN TRAVELING I WILL REROUTE MY PATH NO GUYS SO TO ALL MY FRIENDS IN OKLAHOMA I TRULEY AM SORRY YOU WILL HAVE TO COME VISIT ME IN MONTANA I REFUSE TO STEP 1 FOOT IN YOUR STATE ps move to montana .and for you who dont belv what is being slaughter Go to :the starlight sanctuary on facebook you will see only what 1 rescue has done to make a difference

Kolo70 - 3/29/2013 11:50 PM
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Bloody Mary... may you and your family drown in the river of blood for which you will be responsible and may your end be as painful as the one you've condemned the horses.

Kolo70 - 3/29/2013 11:43 PM
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Shame on you. We now know the face of greed (same goes to you Okieborn... thinking of the mighty dollars) Hope the Universe find a way to make all pro-slaughter people pay dearly. When heartaches, pain & misery strike you and your family know it is "that" payback at work.

Tommy - 3/29/2013 6:46 PM
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So now horses will pay with their own lives for the irresponsible owners and breeders. Bravo Bloody Mary !

Okieborn - 3/29/2013 5:33 PM
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This is one of the smartest things she has ever done. Maybe now there won't be as many starving horses and the good ones will be worth something again.
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